Senator George T Fulford
Fulford entered the patent-medicine trade in 1886, and in 1890 acquired the rights to his most famous product, "Dr. Williams' Pink Pills for Pale People." His use of large-scale newspaper testimonial advertising helped expand his business internationally. His headquarters remained in Brockville and Fulford himself maintained a local presence, as businessman, politician and philanthropist. His mansion, Fulford Place, reflected his social status. He was appointed to the Senate in 1900.
While growing his company, George Fulford participated in local politics. In 1879, he was elected to the Brockville council and served as an alderman for 12 years. Friends with politicians in high places, Fulford was appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister of Canada Sir Wilfrid Laurier in 1900.
Generous to his hometown, Fulford gave large donations to Brockville organizations -- the YMCA, Brockville General Hospital, the Methodist Church and others.
Fulford's good life ended much too soon. Acknowledged as the First Canadian auto accident victim, Fulford's chauffeured car was sideswiped by a streetcar in Newton, Mass., on October 13, 1905.
Brockville was the birthplace of George Taylor Fulford, the fifth son of Hiram Fulford and Martha Harris, on August 8, 1852. Determined not to follow family footsteps into farming when he grew up, Fulford completed his schooling in Brockville, then enrolled in a business course in Belleville.
When he returned home, George's older brother, William Fulford, took him on as an apprentice in his drugstore. Immersed in the dispensing druggist's business, George was put in charge of the pharmacy in 1874.
Born and raised in Brockville, George Taylor Fulford apprenticed at his brother's drugstore and took charge of it himself at age 22.
Five years later, he was elected to the first of 12 terms as alderman.
Prime Minister of Canada
Sir Wilfred Laurier 1896-1911
George T Fulford was the largest single shareholder in General Electric" in 1905, said World News Inc., "and was considering buying a company called General Motors."
Gravely injured, he died two days later. He was 53. Once his remains returned to Canada, Fulford was buried in Brockville, Ontario.